In the early morning, when many sandwich joints are still shuttered tight, Big Town Hero's bakers are hard at work. Hand-crafting each loaf of bread in-store every morning, they lay the foundation for the day's delicious sandwiches. Out of the oven and sliced in two, the bready canvasses support towering piles of delicious deli meat and fresh veggies, sourced locally whenever possible. A selection of veggie heroes delights vegetarians while gluten-free rolls offer sandwich options for those with dietary restrictions or those who've taken a binding kindergarten oath never to eat anything that starts with "glu."
Cuisine Type: Bakery-Cafe, Fast and Casual
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Most popular offering: Fremont Chicken Salad Sandwich
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: We are busiest during lunch rush (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), so visit us outside of these hours to avoid a line.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Fremont Chicken Salad SandwichOur famous chicken walnut salad is served with lettuce and tomato on our homemade honey molasses bread.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
All of our products are made from scratch, ... hand prepared in our kitchens daily. We offer a wide variety of choices for breakfast, lunch, and dessert. Fresh from the oven muffins, pastries, soft and chewy cookies, and bite sized desserts. Sandwiches made to order with premium, all-natural meats and cheeses on homemade breads. Crisp tossed green salads and hot savory soups.
Island Mana Wines’ owner, Mark, has lived in three primary locales: Portland, Hawaii, and the sky, where he spent much of his early career as a pilot and engineer in the US Air Force. But now, Mark’s focus is less on the sky than on the fruits of the earth and the wine they produce. He and his team blend natural and organic fruits into their wines, creating small batches that evoke Hawaiian sunsets and Portland tableaus.
Though crafted from guava, passionfruit, and mango, the dry Hawaiian vintages avoid over-sweetness more effectively than many fruit-filled wines and those made from Raisinets. The winery also features traditional Oregon wine styles, such as pinot gris, chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon.
At Benessere Olive Oils and Vinegars, fancy-grease aficionados can choose from more than 40 varieties of the store's loquacious liquids. Bring home 375 milliliters of wizened mushroom sage olive oil ($16) to share hard-won fungal wisdom with wayward young risottos or slick down a bread-crust slip-and-slide with a 750-milliliter bottle of Benessere Blend ($24) that mixes four or more olive varietals for a fresh, flavorful finish. Dinner-party guests can invite the Flavors of Fun gift basket's ($29) daring duo of Tunisian blood-orange olive oil and dark-chocolate balsamic vinegar to jump-start a tangy vinaigrette or epicurean car engine. After depleting their supplies, customers can return empty receptacles to the store for a $1 credit on their next purchases. Gastronomic gadflies can touch down at Benessere the first Thursday of every month, when the store hosts evening cooking demonstrations and readings of tell-all memoirs printed on olive-oil presses.
Self Serve Frozen Yogurt shop located in the heart of Portland's Cultural and Restuarant District.
Kindness and Laughter translate into any language is the theme. Upbeat music and mural art surround the store and provide customers energy and joy during Portland's rainy (and sunny) days.
Pudding on the Rice is an unusual dessert shop that operates on the same principles as an ice-cream parlor—a glass-fronted case full of flavored treats and a friendly employee waiting to scoop them up for individual consumption. However, the devil is in the delicious details, and he knows how to whip up a mean batch of rice pudding. Opt to gobble a panel of kitschy-named sizes, from the bite ($2) and kilobite ($4) to the mega-, giga-, and terabite ($5–$10). The variegated flavor array also comes in a variety of punny monikers, such as Cinnamon Kane, which features plump golden raisins swimming in cinnamon cream, and Ziggy's Stardust, a trip to the outer stratosphere, where fresh oranges and vanilla are harvested by gender-ambiguous musicians and David Bowie. If you're craving a more traditional treat, Pudding also serves cups of tart frozen yogurt (same sizes and pricing as rice pudding) with your choice of toppings ($0.50 each) and makes both sweet and savory crêpes ($5–$6) fresh to order.